New Zealand got their first victory in their tour of India after losing three Test matches and one ODI. Skipper Kane Williamson ended his run drought by putting up 118 runs at New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. India fell short of New Zealand's total of 242 runs by six runs. India's tail-enders nearly took the hosts across the line but in the end, were all out for 236.
Kane Williamson came in to accompany Tom Latham after Martin Guptill was dismissed for a duck by Umesh Yadav. Latham (46) and Williamson put up 120 runs for the second wicket. Latham missed out on his half-century by four runs after being lbw by Kedar Jadhav.
For India, Jaspreet Bumrah was the most effective bowler. Bumrah gave 35 runs and took three wickets in the 10 overs that he bowled. He took out the New Zealand tail claimed the scalps of Anton Devcich, Tim Southee and Matt Henry.
Amit Mishra took the important wickets of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson. He ended up with figures of 3/60.
India's top order failed to click. Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey could put up only a total of 73 runs for the hosts.
India were reeling at 73-4 when MS Dhoni was Joined in the middle by Kedar Kadhav. The two put up 66 runs for the fifth wicket and held up the Indian innings for a while. Dhoni score 39 runs before being caught and bowled by a sensational effort from Tim Southee. India were 172-6 when the ODI skipper departed.
Axar Patel and Amit Mishra soon followed in quick succession and India found themselves at 183 for 8. But Hardik Pandya, came in to bat after Dhoni's dismissal, and Umesh Yadav fought back. Pandya and Yadav's 9th wicket partnership of 49 runs very nearly took India across the line but Pandya's dismissal in the fifth ball of the penultimate over all but won New Zealand the match.
India needed 10 runs off the final over to win. It looked a steep task but Umesh Yadav took three runs off Tim Southee's the first two balls. The third ball would prove to be the death knell when Jaspreet Bumrah was bowled by a near-perfect yorker from Southee.
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